Fire hall open house

Naramata firefighters are back in their hall, after months of working out of a single wide trailer parked behind the building.

To celebrate the official return to the newly renovated hall, Naramata Fire Rescue will hold an open house, this Saturday, July 12,

"It will be an opportunity for the community to see what they have protecting them," said Fire Chief Tony Trovao.

The fire hall shut down in November of 2013, after a hole in the copper pipe coming from the hot water tank, led to moisture building up in the crawl space.

In addition to water damage, there was excessive mould damage, making the hall unusable.

For the next six months, 28 firefighters were re-located to the trailer, which was like working out of a shoebox, said Trovao.

"It was very compact and made practice hard in the winter time," he said.

The new space offers a large training room, a fitness/CPR training room, a kitchen, washrooms and offices.

Bigger community organizations will be able to meet in the large room, which can be separated from the rest of the building.

The open house at the hall on Lower Debeck Road will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature jaws of life, fire suppression, medical station, jaws of life and rescue boat and new rescue SUV displays.

Children will be invited to dress up in firefighting gear and shoot some water. There will also be muffins and coffee in the morning and burgers and hot dogs for lunch.



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